Since the Eastern Holidays are just around the corner, and with that crowded airports, we want to provide some smart travel HACKS to make your airport experience more convenient. Some people love them, some people hate them. But the truth is, in order to reach your destination, we all have to go through this airport experience. And depending on your destination or home airport, it can either be a pleasure or literally nightmare.
If you are a frequent traveller, you might be familiar with these tips. If not, they can upgrade your overall flight and airport experience. All the time.
1. Bring an empty bottle
Water is not an expensive good in general terms. Except you are at the airport. Who wants to buy a 500ml bottle for five bucks? We guess no one – including you! Security lines do not allow liquid bottles that exceed the maximum of 100ml combined. Your filled water bottle, your coke, your ice tea needs to be removed prior to going through the security process. However, you can do yourself a little favour: Empty your water bottle, so that you can refill it later in the lavatory. Even better if your departure airport has a refilling station for you. It can save up a few dollars if you do that consistently!
2. Check out your destination or layover airport ahead of time
There’s this famous saying that you should go and explore a place you have never been before at least once a year. You may be very familiar with your home airport but what about layover and destination airports? It’s worth checking out in advance these places, e.g. for restaurants, certain shops, and so on. A little bit of orientation does not hurt you but can bring you huge advantages in terms of preparation and planning. So, check out prior to your departure the destination’s airport by visiting its website. Alternatively, you can also use GateGuru, a free app that will show you what you can do, see and explore at almost any airport in this world.
3. Get ready for security line
It’s considered to be one of the worst airport habits amongst travellers and you can do yourself a huge favour. But also for your fellow travellers. Prepare for the security line before you actually go there and the security official will ask you to remove certain items from your body or your carry-over luggage. It only delays the overall process and is on top of that very annoying for your fellow travellers. You can make things much easier if you prepare yourself in advance:
- Pack the liquids you want to bring in a transparent bag
- Place your electronic devices in your carry-over luggage, such as laptops and tablets where you can easily remove them and place them on the trace.
- Remove accessories, including belts from your body.
- Place your wallet in your jackets.
- Also, remember you need to remove your smartphones and leave them on the trace as well.
Your fellow travellers will thank you from your heart. Especially those who are in a hurry.
4. Spotting an empty gate? Go there to recharge (literally)
If you are, like most travellers, not a business or first-class traveller, you are probably not getting any access at all to an airport lounge. But don’t worry: You can make at least yourself a bit comfortable. Find an empty gate where you can at least have a seat and where you can recharge your electronic devices. It’s especially helpful if you have a longer layover and you don’t want to spend too much money on food or beverages, or the airport does not have any of these facilities available.
5. Shopping bags
Most airlines take the “one carry-over-luggage” policy very seriously. But here’s the deal: if your carry-over luggage is close to full or exceeds the allowed policy, you can ask (or even buy?) for a shopping bag in one of the shops and put your stuff in there. At least, you suggest the impression that you have actually bought some items from those stores (and you may even do it anyway).